Using InfoRM

This information has been provided for librarians, instructors, faculty and other educators interested in learning more about the Jerry Falwell Library's InfoRM. If you have contributions or suggestions about the content or using InfoRM, please email us.

What is InfoRM?
Who Is InfoRM Designed For?
How Can Instructors Effectively Use InfoRM With Their Courses?
Does InfoRM Replace Library Instruction?


What Is InfoRM?

InfoRM is a resource specifically for Liberty University Online students, but can be used by any Liberty student. It is a self-instructional tutorial to teach basic library and research skills. It covers the research process from initial topic selection to citation styles and the issue of plagiarism.

Its content is organized into six modules:

1. Choosing a Topic provides tips on broadening and narrowing a topic and discusses search concepts.
2. Identifying Sources is an overview that introduces students to various types of sources.
3. Using LUCAS has live practice searches in our online catalog.
4. Finding Articles provides live searching in Academic Search Complete database.
5. Using the Internet includes the comparative evaluation of internet sources.
6. Citing Sources includes the topics of citing, plagiarism, and copyright.

Students can complete the tutorial either as part of their orientation or as part of a class. Each of its six sections takes about 15 minutes and students can complete one or more modules at a time. Each of the modules is followed by a short quiz (see details below).

Who Is InfoRM Designed For?

InfoRM is designed for students in classes with a substantial writing component or introductory-level research.

How Can Instructors Effectively Use InfoRM With Their Courses?

Please have students complete InfoRM before they begin their research or attend a library session. Students can complete InfoRM on their own time and take the attached quizzes.  

Each module has an attached quiz and an available question pool, which can be added to the class's Blackboard. You can contact Rory Patterson if you want the pools of questions.  Some instructors have chosen to give extra credit points to students who complete the InfoRM quizzes. We strongly suggest that students be required to pass the quizzes with a score of at least 85% or better.

Does InfoRM Replace Library Instruction?

No! We continue to offer course-related library instruction and hope that you will incorporate a library session into your syllabus. Timing is important! Have your students complete InfoRM, then schedule library instruction with us for a date after they've received an assignment. Then they will learn about searching databases when they need these skills to complete their research assignment. Research has shown that:

  • Students learn best and retain most when they need the information.
  • Library instruction is more effective when the course instructor is present.
  • Library instruction is more effective when coordinated with a class assignment.

Library instruction requests will be filled on a first-come basis. To arrange a library instruction session contact Randy Miller, phone: 592-3096, email: RLMiller5(at) or your department's library liaison.


Resources for Librarians and Educators, Credits
Original InfoRM material © 2011 by the Liberty University Jerry Falwell Library. This tutorial incorporates material from SBU Library Research Guide, a tutorial developed by the Stony Brook University Libraries, © 2004, from Inflite, a tutorial developed by IUPUI, © 2003, from Searchpath, a tutorial developed by the Western Michigan University Library, © 2001-2002, and from TILT, a tutorial developed by the Digital Information Literacy Office for the University of Texas System Digital Library, © 1998-2002. This material may be reproduced, distributed, or incorporated, provided that appropriate credit is given.